YouTube is undeniably the biggest dog in the yard when it comes to online video sharing, but other options shouldn’t be overlooked either. Trying its best to get in good with Apple fans, Vimeo has now launched a video player that’ll work with your Flash-free iPhone and iPad.
The new media player from Vimeo will automatically detect the device that you’re using and channel you toward either Adobe Flash or HTML5. It’ll also choose the video quality and resolution based on your connection speed. No Flash on your iPad? No problem. HTML5 is there and, if your connection can handle it, you can do HD too.
YouTube supports HTML5 for the iPhone and iPad too, but you have to use the dedicated app to get to those videos. With Vimeo, as I understand it, you just go to the mobile version of the site and stream content at will. This is true not only of iOS devices, but also Android phones with Webkit-based browsers.